This report from Community Solutions, funded by JPMorgan Chase, documents our journey from the end of the 100,000 Homes Campaign to the present— a journey that has seen seven US communities end veteran homelessness and three US communities end chronic homelessness, the first ever to do so. In all, the 77 communities participating in our Built for Zero initiative have connected more than 85,000 veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness to permanent homes since January of 2015.
Source: Community Solutions
Ann Sewill, Vice President of Housing & Economic Opportunity at the California Community Foundation, explains the Foundation's recent advocacy work around Los Angeles's Proposition HHH and the outcome of this support from a public-private coalition.Read more
On the heels of the launch of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's Housing Not Handcuffs campaign, Maria Foscarinis explores how the criminalization of homelessness affects efforts to end and prevent it and the important role philanthropy can play in the fight against it.Read more
On June 23rd, FTEH Board Member David Wertheimer spoke in Orlando, FL, at The Road Home Breakfast gathering of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. Still reeling from the shock of the deadly attack against the LGBTQ community at the Pulse nightclub that took 49 young lives and wounded 53 others, the city’s officials nonetheless made the decision to move ahead with The Road Home event, which became yet one more step in the long and painful journey to a community’s recovery.Read more
What happens when cities start to declare homelessness as an "emergency"? Where do we go from here? Funders Together Board Member, David Wertheimer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation explores how these declarations can aid the fight to end and prevent homelessness.Read more
How can we better connect the systems serving older adults and people experiencing homelessness?Read more
Moments from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Annual Convening on Ending Chronic Homelessness in LA County
Highlights from the 2014 gathering of public sector partners, key stakeholders, grantees, and experts to share and advance the collective effort to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles.Read more
Reflections on our 2014 Funders InstituteRead more
The 100,000 Homes Campaign is using data to end and prevent homelessness - and you can too.Read more
This paper from the Economic Roundtable provides tools for identifying homeless individuals with acute needs, the highest public costs when homeless, and the greatest reduction in public costs when housed.
An analysis of 10,193 homeless, destitute single adults in Los Angeles County – 1,007 of whom exited homelessness by entering supportive housing – was carried out in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, which linked records for these individuals across multiple public agencies, providing crucial information about their characteristics and the public costs for health, mental health, justice system, and welfare services they used. Supportive housing is permanent, affordable housing with on-site case management and additional on-site, or readily available, services such as health, mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation.
When we rank the overall population of homeless single adults by their public costs and break them into ten groups of equal size (deciles), we find that most have comparatively low public costs. However, the most expensive ten percent:
- Have average public costs of $8,083 per month, compared to $710 for the other 90 percent, because of extensive use of hospitals and medical and mental health jails;
- Account for 56 percent of all public costs for homeless single adults; and
- Have average cost reductions of $5,731 per month, or 71 percent, when in supportive housing – a decline in costs that is far greater than for the other nine deciles, both as an absolute dollar amount and as a percent of total costs when homeless.
When information about a person’s recent history is available, it is possible to combine multiple characteristics of a homeless adult to estimate his or her likelihood of being in the highest decile. No single characteristic defines the tenth cost decile, but by using combinations of key characteristics it is possible to identify these individuals with reasonable certainty.
The findings from this analysis of high-cost, high-need homeless residents support seven major conclusions and action recommendations:
- Identify homeless residents who are likely to have high levels of need and high public costs and give them high priority for admission to supportive housing. Private hospitals should be full partners along with public hospitals and jails in implementing referral protocols in each sub-region of the county.
- Build face-to-face assessment and intensive housing placement services into the referral system to ensure that housing referrals are correctly matched to homeless individuals’ level of need and that high-need individuals are assisted in obtaining supportive housing.
- Provide bridge housing for high-need individuals while their applications for supportive housing are going through the review and approval process.
- Change the administrative plans of the Los Angeles city and county housing authorities to allow set-asides of supportive housing units for the highest need individuals rather than requiring applications to be considered solely on a first-come, first-served or lottery basis.
- Change the policies of the Los Angeles city and county housing authorities that prevent Section 8 housing subsidies from going to homeless individuals with drug convictions. Roughly half of the tenth decile population may be prevented from receiving Section 8 housing support because of their substance abuse arrest records. It is contrary to the public interest in stabilizing these individuals to block their access to housing.
- Support the outcomes achieved by supportive housing by assigning staff of the county departments of Health Services, Mental Health and Public Health or the staff of their contracted agencies to provide much needed on-site services for supportive housing residents.
- Provide additional, intensive on-site services for unstable residents that are at high risk of leaving housing.
Prepared under a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation